Welcome to “Aerospace Valley”:


Also known as the Center of the Aerospace Testing Universe! A unique region on earth where thousands of people are breaking tomorrow’s barriers today through innovation. Hundreds of historic firsts have called the airspace above home, anchored by a combination of Edwards Air Force Base, Mojave Air & Space Port, and USAF Plant 42. This is where the X-1 flight test team and the Bell X-1 first broke the sound barrier on Oct. 14, 1947, and where other X-planes pushed that record to two, three, four, five, and six times the speed of sound and beyond. It is here that the X-15 probed the threshold of space and where the space shuttle first landed on its initial return from earth’s orbit.


Today, our combined workforce is still at the cutting edge of aviation technology, developing, testing, and evaluating the newest weapon systems and aircraft to ensure reliability for America’s warfighters. Edwards is the test-bed for today’s premiere aerospace technology programs including the B-2, KC-46, Global Hawk, Hypersonic flight, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and others.


The Aerospace Valley Air Show is an entirely new event dedicated to showcasing the best of STEM and aviation. Organized by the 412th Test Wing, Edwards Air Force Base, this event will be the first open house for the base in 13 years. The weekend consists of a large STEM Expo with nearly 60 hands-on displays and activities, a large air show headlined by the USAF Thunderbirds Flight Demonstration Team, and several surprises you will have to see to believe! Crowd favorites such as a Kids Zone and beer garden round out the entertainment.